Balinese Topeng

Balinese Topeng

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Topeng Bali (Indonesian for "mask") is a dramatic form of Indonesian dance in which one or more mask-wearing, ornately costumed performers interpret traditional narratives concerning fabled kings, heroes and myths, accompanied by gamelan music.It is believed that the use of masks is related to the cult of the ancestors, which considered dancers the interpreters of the gods. Topeng performances open with a series of non-speaking masked characters which may not be related to the story to be performed. These traditional masks often include Topeng Manis (a refined hero), Topeng Kras (a martial, authoritarian character), and Topeng Tua (an old man who may joke and draw-out the audience).show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 4mm | 118g
  • Part Press
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 6136270811
  • 9786136270814